Last night, following his bestowing of a major award on Derek Jeter, Bud Selig spoke from Yankee Stadium about baseball’s work on a domestic violence policy.
Specifically, he said that Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for labor relations Dan Halem and Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark had been meeting to discuss a framework for how to deal with cases, as well as meetings with “various groups seeking input,” which one hopes and presumes to be anti-domestic violence groups and womens organizations.
“We’re going to be very proactive in that area. Baseball is a social institution and needs to deal with things like this directly. And we will . . . We’ve been having meetings with various organizations — two a day starting last Friday. And had a couple more today and a couple more tomorrow. And talking to the Players Association about it.”
Sounds good to me. As we’ve discussed, coming up with a policy will not be an easy task. But as long as the league is working with the union and getting input from people who know way more about the topic than Major League Baseball does as opposed to hastily coming up with something simply to get in front of the next bad bit of P.R. that comes its way, it’s a good thing.